Weekends are for beach (good weather) and movies (bad weather)
The past few weeks, the weather has been crazy out here. We had storms, crazy amount of rain and wind. The nights are pretty cold and you should always have a backup plan for the day because of the rain. On the 4. of February, I went to the movies with Kat. Everyone at Surfing The Nations was talking about the new movie “the greatest showman”. So we thought, we would give it a try, even if I am not a huge musical fan. I have to say, the movie was aaawesome; I can totally recommend it to you! From the actors to the story and to the songs. Loved it! One highlight of this day was, that I bought a pink, fluffy bathrobe. Honestly, it is the coziest thing ever and it reminds me of home, since I have a similar one back home.
Monday came around and Junia, Isak and me wanted to work on our tan. Despite the rain, we went to the beach on the westside (the side with the least rain). After a 45 minute drive (that is a long drive when you’re living in Hawaii), we finally arrived at Mākaha Beach, one of the prettiest beaches around here. The afternoon consisted of naps, good conversations and running back and forth between the beach and the car to hide from the rain. When we came out of the water, we even saw a big turtle! That was awesome. We could relax and that was exactly what we needed. The relaxing atmosphere was over when they told me in the apple store that they couldn’t do anything for my laptop and my pictures. I either have to send it in for 500$ and get it fixed or buy a new one. Still brainstorming; advices and donations are highly appreciated ;)
Every Saturday, our LTP class has department days. On these days, we have the chance to get to know each department better. This gives us a taste of how our days will look like after our graduation. I already had an insight into the outreach departments Ulu Pono (kids program) and Feeding the Hungry as well as our businesses Surfers Coffee and the Vintage Store. One of my favorite days so far was in the businesses, especially the Surfers Coffee. We got to learn how to make acai bowls, use the checkout and make some drinks. I had a blast serving people coffee and telling them about Surfing The Nations. I love how people are so openminded here.
Old new friends
I have to tell you guys about two of my favorite encounters so far and how small Oahu is. One day we went shopping in Honolulu and I was looking through some clothes in Forever 21. Suddenly, I saw this woman. I instantly recognised her. Ty picked us up when me and two friends were hitchhiking last March. We chatted for a while and she invited me to ride horses with her, since she works on a horse farm. She lives really close to the beach on the north shore. This woman is awesome! Another encounter happened some days later. Something got rescheduled in our schedule on Friday. So I was sitting in our Coffee Bar one hour later than usually. I was focused writing my journal when I saw this woman that looked familiar to me. It was Carli, a woman that I met at a church on the North Shore last year as well. She is such a sweetheart and I can’t wait to get to know her better. Carli is a photographer and got married on Oahu last year. This is what I love about Hawaii: These kind of encounters, the openness of people and the opportunity to build new friendships with strangers better than anywhere else.
I feel so blessed to do all of this. Although it is harder than I ever thought it will be, I am endlessly thankful that I was given the opportunity to move across the globe. That I am constantly pushed. That I get challenged physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. That I can meet people from all over the world and have the best talks. That I can explore this beautiful island called Oahu. All of this would have never been possible without you guys reading these lines right now. Thank you for supporting me from the beginning on. Thank you for believing in what I am doing. Thank you for letting me do this, for all the love that you are constantly giving me, for checking on me while I am over 12’000km away. Thank you everyone for all the love, texts, calls, support (mentally and financially). I love you all so much and I miss you all so much! <3
SPOILER ALERT: Get excited guys! The next blog post will be about the first adventure trip that we had. I am working on it right now and I thought that this experience deserves a blog itself. There will be a lot of pictures and stories about these crazy four days in the wilderness with few food and a lot of challenges.